Jonathan Carlson, MD – Glendale Pain Management Doctor

Jonathan Carlson, MD

Dr. Jonathan Carlson is a double board-certified anesthesiologist and pain management physician.

Fellowship Trained, Pain
DABA, ABA Certified, Pain
Vice President, ASIPP-AZ Chapter

Medical School
University of Oklahoma College of Medicine – Class of 2004

Anesthesiology Residency
University of California – Davis

ACGME Accredited Pain Fellowship
Texas Tech University

Dr. Jonathan Carlson was raised in both California and Hawaii and very much enjoys the sun and outdoors, and often says that Arizona is a great place to enjoy both.

After Dr. Carlson received his medical degree at the University of Oklahoma, he went on to complete a residency in anesthesiology at the University of California – Davis, and then completed a prestigious pain management fellowship at Texas Tech University.

One of Dr. Carlson’s favorite pasttimes is world travel; he is fascinated by other cultures and has traveled extensively to South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. One of the interesting things about Dr. Carlson is that he spent two summers in Tibet, China on cultural exchange/mission trips. While there, he trekked to 17,000+ feet in the Himalayas visiting different monasteries along the way. Dr. Carlson is also an avid surfer. One of his goals is to surf the top surf locations around the globe and, so far, he has been fortunate enough to surf Indonesia, Brazil, Costa Rica, and South Africa.

Dr. Carlson hopes to continue being a positive influence by volunteering for humanitarian projects in the community nearby and serving on medical teams to underserved populations. His most recent medically-focused trip was to Nagamangala, India.

Dr. Carlson also enjoys involvement with his church community, golfing, hiking, mountain biking, snowboarding, basketball, playing guitar, fine dining, and reading classic literature.

Was there any inspirational doctor or mentor that you had?

I had the privilege to be trained by Dr. Gabor Racz, one of the fathers of interventional pain management. He inspired me to “think outside the box” when treating pain patients. His passion to treat patients in pain and improve not just their pain level but also their quality of life made a lasting impact on me as a pain doctor and physician. He was passionate about “going the extra mile” when treating patients in pain. I also learned that a multi-modal, comprehensive approach to treating chronic pain through minimally invasive procedures, medication, physical therapy, chiropractic care, acupuncture, diet, research, and behavioral therapy is usually the best solution in achieving pain relief. Dr. Racz taught me the importance of instilling hope no matter what the current outlook is.

What do you like about treating patients with pain?

I find great fulfillment and satisfaction when a patient tells me that the management of their pain has improved their quality of life significantly. Some pain cases are tougher than others, and may take time and patience, but the end goal of a patient reclaiming their life is why I love my job and specialty.